Essential Thai: A Guide to the Basics of the Thai Language [With downloadable Audio files] (Paperback)
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Essential Thai is a complete learning package for those who want to acquire basic working skills in the Thai language, quickly and efficiently. Freshly updated and back by popular demand, Essential Thai includes downloadable MP-3 audio files to introduce the student to Thai pronunciation and beginning phrases. Focussed completely on developing practical language skills, Essential Thai introduces conversation and grammar, commonly used vocabulary and how to read Thai script in a logical, graduated, manner. The book employs easy to learn and use phonetic spelling and tone markers and includes an introductory English-Thai dictionary. Whether you are travelling or planning to live in Thailand, whether shopping, booking a hotel, ordering a meal or speaking on the phone or much more, this is the language tool for you. By the author of the popular, more advanced text, Thai Reference Grammar.
About the Author
James Higbie has worked in educational programs in Thailand, Laos, Sierra Leone, and Sudan, specializing in primary education and language teaching. He is a graduate of Denison University, Ohio and received an MA in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Hawaii. James is fluent in both Thai and Lao and has written a number of books on the two languages, including the acclaimed Thai Reference Grammar (also published by Orchid Press).